Fire departments in the United States respond to nearly 800 house fires annually that begin with Christmas decorations, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The senseless deaths and millions in property damage that result are completely avoidable. The ARC professionals aren’t just here to clean up messes, we’re here to help you prevent them. Here are a few simple ways to keep your home and family safe this holiday season.
Take Special Care with Your Indoor Decor
Items to pay close attention to include string lights, the Christmas tree and candles. When you hang your decorative lights for the season, use clips instead of nails to avoid damaging wires. When it comes to your tree and poinsettias, be sure to keep them at least three feet away from any heat source. Turn off all lights before you leave or go to sleep.
Candles are a common source of house fires all year round. Avoid placing your candles near oil diffusers, as this is a recipe for combustion. Candles with shorter wicks are the safer choice, as the flame easily burns out when extinguished.
Follow All Precautions When it Comes to Fireworks
According to the same NFPA source, fireworks cause around 20,000 fires each year around the United States. We understand the love of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. In fact, we’ll probably set off a few ourselves! Before you drop some serious money on an impressive fireworks show, be sure to look into local regulations and safety guidelines.
Use fireworks only in outside areas far away from trees, shrubbery, animals and buildings. If a firework fails to explode, do NOT attempt to light it again. Want a few more tips before the big event? Take a look at this list to keep yourself safe this holiday.
Don’t Overwhelm Yourself in the Kitchen
People all around Jacksonville tend to cook exorbitant amounts of food during this time of year. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, except the stress and possible forgetfulness that can result. More cooks in the kitchen leave room for chaos, which can quickly lead to disaster.
Stay in the kitchen when anything is on the stove. If you experience a grease fire, remember smothering it — not water — is the answer. Finally, turn off the oven and all burners once cooking is complete.
Celebrate Responsibly During Your Holiday Season in Jacksonville
We all have to look out for one another during the holidays. With so many fun plans, it’s easy to overlook common safety tips. Enlist a partner (your spouse or an adult child) to ensure all of these safety measures are followed. It never hurts to have an extra set of eyes.
If you do need us to assist after water or fire damage, contact ARC today.